About

TIMO ARNALL speaking in Amsterdam
Timo Arnall speaking at Recalling RFID in Amsterdam. Photo by Anne Helmond.

Timo is co-founder of Playdeo and Ottica, working with design, games, product invention, filmmaking, photography and strategy, most recently working with Google ATAP, Google AR & VR and other special projects.

Timo’s design, photography and filmmaking work is about developing and explaining emerging technologies through visual invention, films, visualisations, products and new interactions.

He led the research project ‘Touch’ investigating RFID, NFC and physical interaction with everyday objects. As creative director at BERG, he worked alongside an extraordinary team to design, visualise and communicate a wide range of work for clients such as Google, Intel and Dentsu. In particular our work on Mag+ was called out as ‘really, really breakthrough’ by Steve Jobs.

Timo started his career as a digital and visual effects supervisor on animated films and commercials, introducing award winning animators, filmmakers, artists and choreographers to emerging tools such as Brilliance, Deluxe Paint, Softimage Eddie, 3D Studio Max, SGI workstations and Amiga digital video I/O. Inspired by the likes of Jef Raskin’s Humane Interface, Andy Cameron’s Dissimulations and the early signs of a more ‘designed’ web experience Timo began designing and developing web and mobile interfaces in 2000.

Recent exhibitions include MoMA’s ‘Talk to Me‘, Transmediale, Big Bang Data, the V&A’s ‘Power of Making‘, Designs of the year at the Design Museum, Lighthouse, London Transport’s ‘Sense and the City‘, ‘Invisible Fields‘ and ‘Habitar‘ at Laboral in Spain. Timo’s work has been featured widely, examples include TIME, The GuardianWired, HOLO, Icon, Eye, Vice, RIBA, FastCompany, The Economist, and Electric Sheep.

Timo is part of the visiting faculty at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the Oslo School of Architecture & Design, UmeĆ„ Institute of Design, The Institute for Advanced Architecture, the Royal College of Art and the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. Timo has given talks at Reboot, LIFT, PICNIC, IXDA, Design Engaged, Frontiers of Interaction, Design of Understanding, Barcelona Design Week, Oslo LUX, The Microsoft Social Computing Symposium, Web 2.0 Expo, O’Reilly’s Foo Camp and at the Museum of London.

He has a bachelors degree in filmmaking and a Phd in interaction design.

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timo at elasticspace dot com